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January 22
Ice and Snow Downing Trees, Power Lines Across Wake County

County Reminds Citizens to Use Caution if Power Goes Out

The Wake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to monitor conditions across the county and coordinate response efforts as Winter Storm Jonas moves through the area.

More than 35,000 power outages have been reported countywide, with additional outages expected overnight as ice continues to accumulate on trees and power lines. Due to the high number of power outages expected with this storm, citizens should be prepared to be without power for as long as 24-48 hours.

The county offers these safety tips to those who lose power during the storm:

  • Maintain proper ventilation when using generators. These machines give off harmful fumes that are very dangerous if inhaled. Do not try to refuel a running or “hot” generator.
  • Do not consume, refrigerate or refreeze perishable food items that have become warm after four hours without power.  If in doubt, toss it out.
  • Stay away from all downed power lines. Only utility workers can tell if a line is still active or if electricity has been turned off.
  • Use proper safety practices and procedures when operating yard equipment. If using a chainsaw or other heavy machinery, be sure to wear goggles and additional safety equipment as appropriate.

At this time, the Wake County EOC will remain at activation level three. This means that the EOC is staffed on a continual basis and equipment and personnel are responding as needed. Staff is available at 919-856-7044 to handle non-emergency calls. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

People interested in receiving the latest updates on emergencies in Wake County can sign up to receive ReadyWake! Tweets at www.Twitter.com/ReadyWake. For information on staying safe during severe weather and how to stay safe after storms, visit ReadyWake at www.wakegov.com/readywake.





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